Have you ever looked at a chicken’s egg and wondered how the chick grew inside the egg and how a chick came out of it? Use the resources on this esheet to watch some videos about the chicken life cycle.
Watch Chicken Embryo Development, an animation of a chick developing inside an egg. Answer these questions on your Chicken Life Cycle student sheet as you watch the video.
- How many days does it take a chick to develop in the egg before hatching?
- In what part of the egg does the chicken embryo develop?
- What parts develop first? What parts develop last?
- Have you seen any other animal being born? How is it different from a chicken?
Watch Baby Chick Hatching, a time-lapse video of actual chicks hatching from an egg and answer these questions on your student sheet:
- What do the chicks use to break out of the egg?
- What do they look like when they first come out?
- What do they do after they are hatched?
Watch Tilly's Nest - The Chick's Outing, a video from author Melissa Caughey’s website Tilly’s Nest to see some newly hatched chicks explore their new world outside of the egg. Answer these questions on your student sheet:
- How do they look different than when they first come out of the egg?
- What do they sound like?
- How do they compare to animals like puppies or kittens who are just born?
Watch Family Fun: Raising Backyard Chicks Together, a video featuring Melissa Caughey, the author of A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens, who gives us a brief introduction to handling chickens. Answer these questions on your student sheet:
- What are some words that Ms. Caughey uses to describe chickens?
- How does she recommend taming and holding chickens?
- What do you think chickens need to live?
- Do you think it would be fun to raise chickens? What do you think you would like and not like about having chickens?